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Old 10-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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We got our 2014 Solera 24 RS in late August and have had two great trips throughout Colorado. Love the Solera, but we have some issues which we are hoping the dealer will correct next week under warranty.

I tried to winterize the RV yesterday using the owner's manual and something did not work. I did correctly: remove water filter, switch water heater by-pass, drain all fresh water, hot water heater, and black/grey water tanks. However, the manual makes no reference to using the winterize switch with pump hose inserted directly into bottle of pink antifreeze. (the switch is in left side storage area near pump and filter and has normal or winterize as switch options).

Following owners manual directions, I poured 4 bottles of antifreeze directly into fresh water tank then turned on pump thinking antifreeze should flow through all faucets, toilet, etc. No pink liquid ever came through faucets even after leaving pump on for quite some time. I will now drain the 4 gallons of antifreeze from fresh water tank and try method with pump hose inserted directly into antifreeze bottle.

My questiona are: why didn't the 4 gallons of antifreeze I dumped directly into into fresh water tank ever get pumped into pipes, faucets, etc as the Owners Manual stated it would, And, why doesn't owners manual explain use of pump hose directly into bottles of antifreeze and switching from "normal" to "winterize"??

thanks to all.


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Old 10-06-2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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Did you bypass the hot water heater?

Four gallons may not have been enough for your pump to pick up.

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Old 10-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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I did by-pass hot water heater. But here is what happened after I posted my question yesterday. I drove RV from storage site to our house (about 2 miles) and then again turned on pump to see if anti-freeze would flow through the system. After only minute, all systems were flowing??!!! I wonder if there was simply an air pocket (vacuum) in the water lines that prevent liquid from reaching pump and it passed do to movement of RV.

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